The Lethbridge Regional Police Service has charged two men in connection with an incident where a 13-year-old girl was procured for the purpose of prostitution and sexually assaulted.
Earlier this month, members of the Downtown Policing Unit (DPU) became aware of a 13-year-old girl engaged in a high-risk lifestyle. An investigation commenced and officers determined the girl had been instructed by a 32-year-old male acquaintance to prostitute herself and provide him with the proceeds. Last Wednesday, the 13-year-old girl engaged in an act of prostitution with a 61-year-old male in the downtown core.
DPU members subsequently identified the men and following further investigation, both were charged with multiple offences.
The 13-year-old girl is not facing any charges and police are working with various social agencies in order to provide her with assistance and resources to overcome her at-risk lifestyle, according to police, who added the investigation in the matter is ongoing.
Memphis Mathew Gros Ventre Boy, 32, of Lethbridge, is charged with procuring prostitution — aiding/abetting/compelling and invitation to sexual touching. Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing, Gros Ventre Boy was released on a recognizance with conditions prohibiting any contact with the 13-year-old girl and prohibiting him from attending the downtown core. Gros Ventre Boy is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 27.
Robert John Gerard, 61, of Lethbridge, is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, procuring a youth for sex and invitation to sexual touching. Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing Gerard was released on a recognizance with conditions including no contact with any person under the age of 16 unless accompanied by an adult, not to be within 100 metres of any school, playground, daycare or recreational facility where children under 16 may be present, refrain from being in the downtown core and have no contact with the 13-year-old girl.
Gerard is scheduled to appear in court March 1.